Thursday, September 25, 2008

civil rights done wrong

Ok, some of you out there may think that I am a horrible person for this, but my friend emailed me a link to a website that shocked and/or confused him, and he knew I would have a similar reaction. Usually, I would receive funny FWDS, links to a funny YouTube video, or a random retail website with cool new ways to waste my money. Not today… is the website. If you don’t bother visiting the site, the acronym stands for the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. It was founded in 1969 to “help build a society in which people of every size are accepted with dignity and equality in all aspects of life.” First of all, I didn’t think ‘fat’ was the preferred and politically correct term of choice…

Furthermore, are you kidding me?! I’ve never had to deal with issues of weight, but this reaction merely stems from my disdain for pointless ‘civil rights’ organizations. I don’t remember the Bill of Rights having waist sizes in it anywhere. Plus, what defines fat? Do you have to meet certain measurement requirements to join? Also, what do they hope to accomplish? Do they want some sort of overweight affirmative action? Will the government start requiring that every office have a plus size employee? Are they going to march on congress to legalize Fat Marriage or appeal the ground breaking Fat v. Wade? Are they going to lobby to increase funding on fuel efficient hybrids that run on bacon grease? Mmm… bacon!

Yes, unfortunately, there is a social stigma surrounding being large and in-charge, but they really want to equate the battle of the bulge with ACTUAL civil rights movements? I believe in the need for acceptance on all levels, but these just aren’t the same. To an extent and in most ordinary circumstances, weight is a controllable factor for an individual. It’s absolutely nothing like gender, race, sexual orientation, or religion. (Yes, religion is technically a choice, but sacred practices and beliefs don’t have a thing on whether or not to call Jenny). By the way, I don’t remember a mustached man murdering 6 million fat people in the 40s. Or was that in the same history book where the KKK burned crosses outside Krispy Kreme? Was Matthew Shepard tortured and killed because he was gay or just fat? Do the14th and 19th amendments have a section regarding Fat Suffrage?

Barring certain rare genetics, physical disabilities, thyroid problems, or plain big boneness, why not focus all the energy, sympathy, and money that is in such a program and pay for a few gym memberships, suck-n-tucks, and/or entrance videos to The Biggest Loser: Season 7? Plus, the social health trends are such that the fat people are no longer in the minority. So, NAAFA, mission: accomplished. Or you could just be happy with the way you are and to heck with society. Even if you’re skinny, people in society find something about you to hate, so unless you’re a fat, Black lesbian, I don’t wanna hear it!

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